Zaven Khachaturian, Ph.D., was the former Associate Director for the Neuroscience and Neuropsychology of Aging Program (NNA) at the National Institution on Aging (NIA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Director of the Office of Alzheimer's Disease Research, responsible for coordinating all Alzheimer's disease related activities NIH-wide. He was the architect of several programs of research on Alzheimer's disease and brain aging at the National Institute on Aging, NIH. He was responsible for planning and establishing the national infrastructure for Alzheimer's disease research.
During nearly twenty years of government service, Dr. Khachaturian occupied several major positions, including special assignments in: the Office of the Secretary, DHHS, the Subcommittee on Health and the Environment of the Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, U.S. House of Representatives and the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) of the U.S. Congress. In these positions he made important contributions to the development of public policy and the formulation of legislative initiatives related to research on brain aging and Alzheimer’s disease.
Since 1995, as consultants to the Alzheimer’s Association, he developed the concept of the Ronald and Nancy Reagan Research Institute. He now provides advice for planning and re-engineering the Association’s grants administration, scientific review process and fundraising development efforts. He has planned and convened the Reagan Institute Work Groups, which has published several important consensus documents.
Dr. Khachaturian has made significant original scientific contributions to the development of brain aging and Alzheimer’s disease as distinct areas of investigation. He formulated the first unifying theory of brain aging and played a leadership role in stimulating the fields of neuropathology and neurology to adopt standards for diagnostic criteria. As an international lecturer on Alzheimer’s disease and brain aging, he translates research to lay audiences, publishes seminal reviews and theoretical papers, and serves on the editorial boards of several journals. Currently, he is a member of the FDA Peripheral and Central Nervous System Advisory (PCNS) Advisory Committee.
He obtained his BA, in 1961, from Yale University and his doctorate, in 1967, from Case Western Reserve University. His post-doctoral training, during 1967-1969, was at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University. He held an academic appointment at the University of Pittsburgh Medical School, Department of Psychiatry, from 1969 to 1977. Other positions he has held include: Vice-president for Research at the University of Pittsburgh, and Professor of Health Services Administration, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh. During his tenure as Vice-president for Research he developed the strategic business plans for the Pittsburgh Biotechnology Center.
His academic and professional interests have focused on such topics as: Alzheimer’s Disease, Neurobiology of Aging, Neuroplasticity, Learning, Memory, Calcium Homeostasis, Health Research Administration, Models of Health Services, and the Politics of Science.
Teresa S. Radebaugh, Sc.D., is a psychiatric epidemiologist trained at Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, and spent many years in federal government service at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The last position at the NIH was Director, Division of Extramural Research, National Institute of Nursing Research, where she had responsibility for the scientific program and review activities of the Institute. Prior to that position, she had served as the Chief, Dementias of Aging Branch, Neuroscience and Neuropsychology of Aging Program, National Institute on Aging. The Dementias of Aging Branch is responsible for the management of the bulk of extramural research on Alzheimers disease funded by the National Institute on Aging, including the most of the nationally prominent research programs such as the Alzheimers Disease Research Centers. Dr. Radebaugh also has substantial experience in other major aging related areas, including falls and hip fractures, osteoporosis and urinary incontinence. Drs. Radebaugh and Khachaturian edited a comprehensive volume on Alzheimers Disease, written for primary care providers, covering the topics of cause(s), diagnosis, treatment and care. She has published a number of scientific papers, as well as material for the general press on Alzheimers disease.